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Posted by J.O. on 05/10/2012
If you walked past the place, you wouldn't know it was open. Taking a peek at the menu I decided to try it out with my friend. Walking in, we were not greeted by a host; however, we were greeted by a young man who we thought was a food busser. (He was efficiently clearing a table as we arrived through the door.) The young man cleared and set the table in amazing fashion, promptly washed his hands, and turned out to be our server. In fact, he looked to be the only server there, taking on what looked to be three other tables by himself. Remarkably, he was able to take our orders without writing it down. He knew everything about the menu and advised us from Appetizer to Dessert selections. We decided on the spring rolls to begin with, which were great, although the price seemed a bit to high, and leaned a bit on the oily side. I chose the Red Snapper and my friend chose the Mango Pork for our Entree. The fish I had was a little on the spicy side for me. My friend enjoyed the Pork shank and said it was perfectly cooked. Overall, the food was good. For dessert we decided on the mango cheesecake. While the crust was a little on the bitter side, the sweet was very appropriate after our meals. For the restaurant, it seems a tad brighter than the old Indian Ocean and I was impressed with the atmosphere change. I will say this. The service was great, to the point of borderline best waiter I've had in my substantial life. He was very attentive, efficient, and obviously trained well with experience. (Hopefully, we can expect this level of service from the full staff next time we come here.) The food is good, if you don't take price into consideration. The atmosphere was calming, the music in the background didn't overpower. I would return to try out lunch the next chance I get. A very different and stylish addition to Van Ness that I think our neighbors should consider dining at.
Posted by Moon on 05/08/2012
876 Cafe is a nice spot with delicious food and great customer service. Tried the jerk chicken and beef ribs which were two delicious dishes. The jerk chicken was spicy and juicy while the boneless beef ribs were moist and tender. Not sure the ribs were actual rib meat, but it didn't matter, for they tasted great. My server was Abel who was kind, personable and very helpful with choosing a selection. Great sorrel ginger drink, too!
Posted by Hound Dog on 04/25/2012
Last Thursday on way to Hillwood Museum, we had limited time for dinner. Surveying choices near Van Ness Metro were few. Noticed 876 nearby and went in. Server said they had been open one week. Decor is very nice and food was great. Mango pork chop with an excellent flavored rice was best. Beef ribs were a little fatty but sauce was wonderful. While eating, we knew we would return. One suggestion, for restroom. Having to lift wooden lid on waste basket isn't sanitary.